One on One Jewellery Classes
~ just for you alone ~
Things have changed since the beginning of 2013, I now only have a few specialty Metal Clay workshop here at the studio. The Gold Coast is not the best place for PMC group classes it seems!
So in January I made the decision to offer only 1-1 classes, and this has been very successful, it works for the students as well as for myself. Because of the fact that students get more input into what they want to learn (within their experience of course) they can do things that would not be possible in a group workshop.
Private workshops can be shared with a friend!
Lauren & Naomi of Em & Eve came together and learned all about making Fingerprint Jewellery and stamping on metal, check out their wonderful collection!
It also works really well for me, I get more variety in the things I teach, so far this year I've had people wanting to learn about making Fingerprint Jewellery, Stone setting in metal clay, Enamelling on PMC, Designing and making a new collection from scratch (I loved that class, it was such a lot of fun for 2 days!) and not to forget PMC Certification workshops (2 friends travelled from PNG to come and get their Level I together, such dedication!)
||The best thing about a 1-1 workshop is that the program can be tailored to what you most want to learn!
I love how people come away with a whole new start, whether it is a new hobby, they are thinking about teaching, or to set up their own jewellery business from home. A new start is always so exciting and it can open new doors which can change someone's life forever! I love being a small part of that!
The workshop is from 10 am - 3.30 pm with half an hour for lunch. I keep Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays free for 1-1 bookings.
The cost for the tuition is $325.00 plus materials (depending on the projects)
A little bit about myself.......
I started with Metal clay after developing RSI from making lampwork beads, it was a coincidence that the very first Artclay Silver workshop for Senior instructors was being held only a month after I decided to learn all I could about working with this very new material. As a result I was one of the first ACS Senior Teachers in Australia.
12 Months later PMC finally came to Australia and I became the first PMC Senior Teacher. I love working with PMC and it quickly became my full-time job, in the first 18 months I travelled all over Australia and New Zealand introducing people to this brilliant new medium! It was such an exciting time, Metal Clay is like magic, alchemy almost, now nearly 13 years later I am still amazed at the complex work possible with so few tools or equipment!
In 2006 I was invited to join a group of 15 International Metal Clay Artists to help testing and fine-tuning the projects for the Metal Clay Masters Registry.
This was an intense period of work and testing things, new designs and pushing the boundaries of what I had thought was possible, developing new techniques to extend my designs even further.
Photopolymer plates (or PPPs as they became known) featured strongly in my designs, it was a technique I learned many years previously as a Printmaker, in etching and block printing. I redesigned the process to suit metalclay, giving me the strong, clean lines I wanted for my enamel work. Metalclay is effortless for 'Organic' looks, but up until then it was a struggle to get thise fine straight lines I wanted for Champlevé enamelling.
I was honoured to be one if the presenters at the 2006 PMC conference showing people how to make, and the endless possibilities of using PPPs in their own work.
These days I teach silver jewellery classes during the week, I have a loyal band of students who come back every week to learn the basics of metal work, enamelling, etching and more. I love teaching these ongoing classes and seeing people develop and getting great results as they become more confident! See their work on our Gold Coast Studio Facebook Page
I keep my weekends free for my private classes, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays.
This year I've had people from all over Australia, as well as students who flew in from New Zealand, PNG and even from Japan! I love hearing about how things work in other places!
Here's a list of some of the things I've done with people over the past 12 months:
PMC Basic Skills
PMC Intermediate Skills
PMC Certification 1 & 2
Introduction to Glass Fusing
Introduction to Enamelling on PMC
Intermediate Enamelling on PMC
Advanced Enamelling on PMC
PMC & Resin Inlay
PMC & Plexiglass
PMC Botanicals - Leaves & Twigs
PMC Rings - Beginners to Advanced
PMC Clasps Toggles & Cones for Necklaces
Photopolymer plates, Gold Foil work (Keum-Boo) pendant
PMC Sheet clay
Water etching PMC & Coloured Pencil
Sheetclay Bezel setting a Stone (Kahn Bezel)
Etching & Doming
Sterling Silver Ring
Titanium & Silver & Riveting
Pierced Pendant & Earrings
Rollerprinting - Fusing & Reticulation
Enamelling on Copper
Enamelling on Sterling Silver